Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 13:2-13
"Lift up a banner on the high mountain, raise your voice to
them; wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My
mighty ones for My anger; those who rejoice in My exaltation."
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like that of many
people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
The LORD of hosts musters the army for battle.
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even
the LORD and His weapons of indignation, to destroy the whole land.
Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as
destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore all hands will be limp, every man's heart will melt,
and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of
them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at
one another; their faces will be like flames.
Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and
fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not
give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon
will not cause its light to shine.
"I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for
their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low
the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more
than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move
out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 8:4-21
Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day
of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month.
In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the
mountains were seen.
So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah
opened the window of the ark which he had made.
Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until
the waters had dried up from the earth.
He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters
had receded from the face of the ground.
But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot,
and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of
the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the
ark to himself.
And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the
dove out from the ark.
Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a
freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters
had receded from the earth.
So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove,
which did not return again to him anymore.
And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in
the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up
from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and
indeed the surface of the ground was dry.
And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the
month, the earth was dried.
Then God spoke to Noah, saying,
"Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and
your sons' wives with you.
"Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is
with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the
earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply
on the earth."
So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons'
wives with him.
Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever
creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every
clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the
And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in
His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although
the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again
destroy every living thing as I have done.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 10:31-11:12
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the
perverse tongue will be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the
mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just
weight is His delight.
When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is
The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the
perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness
delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way
aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the
unfaithful will be taken by their own lust.
When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and
the hope of the unjust perishes.
The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to
the wicked instead.
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but
through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it
is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a
man of understanding holds his peace.
Saints and Feasts
Theophylact the Confessor, Bishop of Nicomedia; Hermas the Apostle of the 70; Paul the Confessor; Dometios the Righteous